Monthly Archives: March 2011

How to crochet a granny square

Since I’ve been crocheting up a storm lately, I thought I’d show you all how to make your own granny squares so you can get hooked (see what I did there?) too.

First-make a slip knot and chain 5.

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Join together with a slip stitch in your first round, creating a ring. Chain 3, which will count as your first DC for this shell.

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YO, and DC twice into the center of your ring. Your first shell is complete! Now, chain 2 and DC 3 times into the center of the ring again.The chain of 2 becomes a corner of your square.

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Chain 2 to make another corner, DC 3 times, chain 2, DC3, and chain 2. Now you have 4 shells and 4 corners, creating a square. To join, slip stitch into the top chain of that “chain 3” you created. Now you could change colors if you wish, but for the purpose of this tutorial we will continue with a single color.

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Now we need to move from the top right corner over to the top left corner. Slip stitch your way over there, making a slip stitch in between each DC in your top shell until you reach the chain 2 upper left corner. Once there, chain 3.

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Just as in the last round, make a shell of 3 DC. Then chain 2 for a corner and 3 DC again in the same hole.

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Now, chain only once before you create your next 2 shells in the next hole. Always chain 2 when turning a corner, and chain 1 to separate shells not on corners. Continue until you have 8 shells, and join together with a slip stitch again.

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Repeat as for the last round- slip stitch to the corner hole, and continue the 3 DC shells. Two shells when turning a corner, and one in the other holes, as shown below.

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Ta-da! That’s all. Finish with a slip stitch, pull tight and cut off your yarn.

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You can make the granny squares as large as you want, like I did for my granny square chair covers. Just have fun with it! But be careful, these little guys are super addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Crocheted baby gnome hat

I wanted to make a hat for Britni’s soon to be born nephew, and when I saw this gnome one on Lorajeans Magazine, I knew it was the one. I mean come on, it’s hilarious.

gnome-hat-lorajeans

I made mine with a thinner yarn, and in a gender-neutral yet beautiful teal color.

crochet gnome baby hat

The iPhone picture doesn’t convey how pretty this “Pagoda” color really is. Oh, and since I don’t have any babies laying around to model the hat, here it is partially done on my cat. Haha, didn’t you know I would go there?

crochet cat hat

Anyway, this pattern is ridiculously quick and ridiculously funny (I think babies should be dressed in funny outfits at all times) so I would definitely recommend crocheting it. Ok, ok, one more picture of The Cat in the Hat:

cat in the hat

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Winter Turns to Spring

I thoroughly enjoy Pacific Northwest winters because they are an excuse to hibernate and craft [or in Morgan’s case, re-play Arkham Asylum].

hibernation means crafting and video games

However, I am definitely ready for spring, so my tulips coming up in the front yard make me happy.

tulip sprout

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Yarn Stash Panorama

My yarn stash makes me want to create a rainbow blanket.

 

yarn stash iphone panorama

yarn stash iphone panorama [2 Different free iPhone panorama apps: top is “Panolab,” bottom is “Panorama.”]

Also, I wear gray clothes probably 5 or 6 days a week, yet I don’t own any gray yarn. Weird.

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Weekly Meal Plan

I can’t believe we’ve lived in Portland for over 13 months now! One of the biggest changes we made when moving here was cooking. Yes, when we lived in San Francisco we rarely cooked for ourselves. No we didn’t live off Ramen like the common college stereotype. We lived off of tacos. And burritos. And nachos. Sort of came with the territory since we lived in the Mission District. Now I cook dinner everyday. The biggest help has been creating a meal plan and shopping from it once a week. I love the meal plans created for you in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine, and usually use that once a month (except for when it involves expensive cuts of meat…) Other times I just make up my own meal plan based on whatever I’m craving. [This week, it was salmon, so that comes into play twice, haha.] Here’s this week as an example:

You may have noticed that my “weekly” meal plans are only 5 days long…yeah I’ve just found that’s the time frame that works best for us [sometimes we take a night off of cooking to go to a friends house or just eat leftovers]. You may also have noticed that all the recipes this week are from Everyday Food. Yeah, what can I say-I subscribe to the cult of Martha. 😉 Plus those recipes aren’t even really recipes per say, more like methods of cooking, and they often use less than 5 ingredients.

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120 Granny Squares

So this is what 120 granny squares (8 skeins of yarn) looks like:

120 granny squares

I’ve reworked the dimensions, and now I think I need just 30 more-2 more colors-before I start joining them together. This afghan is so close I can feel it.

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